There are many animation forums out there that have flourished in recent years giving artists and anyone else a chance to voice their likes/dislikes, concerns, praises, and questions about the industry. One of the forums that I frequent is Shane Glines' Cartoon Retro. There you'll find an incredible mixture of professionals and fans sharing their daily opinions (and secretly hoping to see the next mind-blowing Shane piece).
Today I just ran across this posting on Animation and Integrity. "MR AMID" is none other than the eloquent Amid Amidi from Cartoon Brew. His viewpoint is always insightful, bold, and uncensored - more of what is needed in our predominantly executive-run business. Here's a snippet from his latest post:
"...Artists should instead focus on being creative for themselves to their fullest potential rather than conforming their creativity to the increasingly narrow spectrum of TV animation. There are many artists who are carving their own creative path including Shane, Michel Gagne, Enrico Casarosa and Ronnie del Carmen at Pixar, Tim Biskup, Chris Harding and the guys at Ghostbot, to name an immediate few. We should be using these folks as a model for how to move forward."Blew me away that we were even mentioned, let alone with such stellar company. Thank you, Mr. Amid. We'll do our best.